New law provides regulation for audio-visual services operating in Russia

The law provides definition of organiser of audio-visual service. It is an owner of web-site and/or its single page in Internet network and/or software for computers, which are exploited (web-site, page or software) to form and/or to organise dissemination in Internet a set of audio-visual works, if access to such audio-visual works is provided for…

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 Business Guidance – Permitted communication and Remedies

The Act introduces a ‘safe harbour’ of ‘permitted communications’ which allow parties to communicate and take some steps towards resolving disputes without running the risk of triggering litigation. The provisions allow rights holders to attempt to identify the source of infringement by engaging with those further down the supply chain under a clear framework.

Public comment by National Music Publishers Association on collective rights management rules review

NMPA believes the consent decrees have become a significant impediment to a well-functioning market for licencing the performances of musical works, resulting in inefficient licencing and failing to provide fair market-based compensation for songwriters and music publishers.

Draft third edition of USA copyright office compendium – the copyrightability of a derivative work

A derivative work may be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office, provided that it constitutes copyrightable subject matter. Derivative works are a subset of the subject matter categories, rather than a separate and distinct category of work. In other words, the new material that the author contributed to the derivative work must fall “within one…

SWD Online Platforms – their characteristics

Platforms are generally known as “two-sided” or “multi-sided” markets where users are brought together by a platform operator in order to facilitate an interaction (exchange of information, a commercial transaction, etc.). In the context of digital markets, depending on a platform’s business model, users can be buyers of products or services, sellers, advertisers, software developers,…

Messengers, operating in Russia, can receive more freedom from Russian mobile operators

New draft law, currently considered, provides regulation for messengers like Viber or WhatsApp. In initial draft it was provided that messengers have to identify its users. Identification can be made with help of subscriber’s phone number and under agreement concluded between messenger and mobile operator. Such provision was very advantageous for mobile operators – without…

How new law regulates blocking of web-site mirrors in Russia?

In order to trigger the mechanism of blocking, the Russian Roskomnadzor has to receive a court order. After that, Roskomnadzor requires internet service providers (ISP) to restrict access to web-site in Internet permanently, if there was illegally placed information containing objects of copyright or information necessary to receive such objects with help of info-telecommunication networks,…